Egypt's president has surprised many with his ability to dominate domestic politics – so far. Now, as tensions surface at home he has to find a way to appease the US after the embassy attack in Cairo
The Observer, Saturday 15 September 2012
"....On the negative side, it is clear that the Cairo embassy affair has been damaging to relations with the US. Obama, under fire from Republican Mitt Romney, described Egypt as not an ally but not an enemy – an alarmingly tepid characterisation from the man who provides it with $2bn in annual aid, the price, principally, of maintaining the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Egyptian diplomats dismiss this as a slip of the presidential tongue in the heat of the moment. It didn't sound like a gaffe......"